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  • Tips needed on making small bondo bezel for a faceplate *pics*

    When my current carpc is installed, my headunit will be mounted in the glovebox. I'd like to put the faceplate for the headunit where my current ashtry is. What im looking for are tips on making something like this out of bondo. Is it best to just make a block of it and slowly sand it away untill it's the right size? Maybe make a template with something? Here are some pics to help describe what I'm trying to do.

    this is a picture of the AC relocation bracket i'll need to use. This will allow me to relocate my AC controls to where my current sunglass holder is. I'd like to put the faceplate in that bottom section, where the ashtray would normally go.


    this is just of the pic of the same bracket with the faceplate resting on it.

  • #2
    block of bondo = bad news. use something... anything with some strength to it. try MDF, or failing that, try Plexiglass, or failing that, try foam and fiberglass, or failing that..... get the idea?

    You're going to have a rough time with bondo alone.
    Et ipsa scientia potestas est.

    Worklog for my 2007 Civic Si ...f*** it...
    Pictures of the Corolla (retired)here
    Need to make something? Here are a few ideas.

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    • #3
      thanks for the tip. Are you saying to make a frame out of something stong and use bondo to cover up the frame? Or just don't use bondo at all?

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      • #4
        Bondo is really only good for filling in small pits and smoothing things out, you have to start with a good base or it's just going to crack up on you within a few weeks.

        You need to find some plastic or other material to get the hole to be as small as possible. What I would do is see if you can find a faceplate holder of sorts, then expoy that into the space, then if the holes are small enough you can bondo it.

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        • #5
          plexiglass would be one of your bets, but you need right tools to work with it.

          personally i would start with cardboard( space if kind of tight there, or foam, cutout the size of the faceplate, that would be inserted in.

          then you have 2 options
          1) use bondo "glass", green goo with strands of foberglass mat, use it as a base to reinforce structure, then get some glazing putty, sand it smooth, and paint it

          2) this option makes more sence, and might be the one you choose, since the plate is made out of abs you might want to keep using ABS, find some ABS plastic, cut it out in small pieces, then add some fiberglass hardener, mix until it becomes a sludge, use it the way you need, once it dries, sand it, and paint it

          Yev
          R. T. F. M

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          • #6
            thanks for the really great info guys. Is something like this hard to make look good if you've never done it before? my goal is to also be able to return this piece to its original form, which is why i wanted to create a removeable bezel for the faceplate. I'm just worried if i mold it in, i'll never be able to get the paint on the bezel to match the oem paint.

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            • #7
              well i just has a thought

              that space is very small, so you can't relly anything, what i would also attempt,
              go to homedepot, look at rubber weather strips, i think you might attach it around the faceplate with double sided tape, you might be able to wedge it in, and keep siliding door, drill a small hole in the back to run harness, or remove the cig lighter, and t run harness through, and just cover it with foam.

              Yev
              R. T. F. M

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              • #8
                it's not hard to make look right if you've never done it before. it IS hard to make it look right if you're impatient, try to shortcut, or don't research thoroughly enough to know exactly what you're doing.

                ABS sheet is something i hadn't mentioned that someone else did, but that stuff comes in all flavors and textures so find one that looks good and cut that to shape. Then your finishing time is almost nothing. all you need to do is affix it with some velcro or something and then it's totally reversible and looks good to boot.
                Et ipsa scientia potestas est.

                Worklog for my 2007 Civic Si ...f*** it...
                Pictures of the Corolla (retired)here
                Need to make something? Here are a few ideas.

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                • #9


                  listen to the pro, i learned few tweaks from him myself
                  R. T. F. M

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                  • #10
                    I made a very basic template for the custom bezel with cardboard this afternoon. I was doing some thinking... Rather than mold something around my faceplate, what do you all think of attaching the faceplate directly to painted plexiglass? Basicaly would look the same in the picture when installed, only the cardboard would be black painted plexiglass. Would this look tacky? In order to do my original idea, i'd have to hollow out the entire inside of the ashtray. Here is a pic:

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                    • #11
                      the only two things that i think would make it look tacky are poor edge fitment and scratches. If you're thinking about back-painting the plexiglass to get the high gloss appearance, you're going to have your hands full keeping the scratches and swirls out of it. Either way, make sure that your gap around the edge is perfectly uniform. Those little details have a way of sticking out and looking sloppy.
                      Et ipsa scientia potestas est.

                      Worklog for my 2007 Civic Si ...f*** it...
                      Pictures of the Corolla (retired)here
                      Need to make something? Here are a few ideas.

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                      • #12
                        Very good point about having clean edges... I'll do some browsing around the site and try and figure out my best solution. I may just have to risk ruining this trim piece and molding it for a seamless look.

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